Official: Arjen Robben returns to football with Grongingen

Eredivisie outfit Groningen have confirmed that Arjen Robben has come out of retirement, to play for the club next season.

Robben bids farewell

Dutch wide-man Robben made what, at the time, looked set to be the final appearance of his illustrious career last May.

After 10 years on the books of German powerhouse Bayern Munich, the electric wide-man, amid another injury-riddled campaign, decided that the time had come to hang up his boots.

Robben’s decade on the books at the Allianz Arena saw him rack up a staggering 8 Bundesliga titles, along with 5 German Cups, and the Champions League.

Arjen Robben, Rafinha and Franck Ribery

MUNICH, GERMANY – MAY 18: Arjen Robben, Rafinha and Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich are presented with gifts for their time at Bayern Munich prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Eintracht Frankfurt at Allianz Arena on May 18, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The now-36-year-old’s career of course also saw him line out for a number of Europe’s other top clubs, including Chelsea and Real Madrid, with Robben, over lengthy stretches, having been widely considered as one of world football’s finest wingers.

Robben returns

As outlined above, though, the former Dutch international’s time on the pitch has not come to a definitive close just yet.

Following a year away from the game, Robben has decided to come out of retirement, to sign for Groningen.

The Eredivisie outfit, who finished 9th in the Dutch top-flight this past season, announced this evening that Robben is set to line out for the club in the 2020/21 campaign.

The move actually represents a return to the Hitachi Stadion for the veteran, with Robben having begun to make his name during the early years of his career whilst on Groningen’s books.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.